I fired Google+ today. No real moral outrage or grandiose theories about advertising companies owning our souls, though that is all absolutely true and I am already beyond the pale. But, in the end, I just wanted to pull a Nancy Reagan and “just say no.” No to another social network, no to another easy corporate solution, and no to a whole ton of people I really don’t know forcing me to categorize them. Despite all the blather about having layers (or levels) of people permissions on Google+, the circles really undo any sense of the organic web. Add to that I had 500+ folks in one or the other of those circles and I did little or nothing to get them there—they just flooded my inbox like invitation spam. It all seemed prefabricated, not to mention premised upon all the relationships of mine already established in Google services I used they had data mined (which makes it spam, right?), and ultimately it ended up feeling like a social get together in a commercial mall that was designed by Facebook but built and sponsored by Google. I know you can’t ever truly be free of all the demons, but it’s probably good policy not to get to comfortable with any of them.
And below is the picture story of the break-up 🙂